Asia Rugby Sevens Series 2016 – Round 2, South Korea: Preview

Dates: Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 September 2016
Venue: Incheon Namdong Asiad Rugby Stadium

Japan are the defending Asian champions, they have qualified for the World Rugby HSBC Sevens Series and they finished fourth at the Rio Olympics.

Although Japan were considered favourites to take the Hong Kong tournament, poor results in the pool stages put them out of contention for top honours on the second day in the knock-out stages. Ultimately, Japan won the Plate after beating Singapore 7-0 in the final.

Hosts Hong Kong defeated Sri Lanka 22-17 in the Cup Final to take their home tournament while South Korea beat China 33-14 in the third-place play-off.

Meanwhile, the Japan Women’s Sevens team made up for the failings of the men by defeating China 14-7 in the Cup final.

Japan are sending a young and relatively inexperienced men’s squad to South Korea for round two of the Asia Rugby Sevens Series 2016 in the hope of improving on the results in Hong Kong. Meanwhile, the Japan women’s squad is looking to make it back-to-back tournaments after claiming the title two weeks ago in Hong Kong in round one.

Men’s Pools

Pool A Pool B
Hong Kong Sri Lanka
South Korea China
Japan Singapore
Chinese Taipei Malaysia

Pool A Games for Japan

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Game 1 (13:34): South Korea v Japan
Game 2 (16:08): Hong Kong v Japan
Game 3 (19:26): Japan v Chinese Taipei

The Japan Men’s Sevens Squad for South Korea

Name Club DOB Age Hgt/Wgt
Jamie Henry PSI Super Sonics 11/03/1990 26 184/84
Hiroki Hanada Fukuoka University 15/07/1994 22 183/92
Kaisei Kasahara Chuo University 02/10/1995 20 180/88
Kazuki Yamada Ritsumeikan University 16/02/1996 20 175/85
Keiju Tsuruta Doshisha University 20/09/1996 20 172/78
Kohei Toyota Keio University 08/04/1996 20 184/89
Han Jon-Moon Ryutsu Keizai University 07/07/1996 20 183/90
Saiki Uchida Doshisha University 05/11/1996 19 169/76
Kosuke Naka Kwansei Gakuin University 06/05/1997 19 177/83
Minato Goto University of Tsukuba 30/06/1997 19 186/93
Ryo Kayutsuka Ryutsu Keizai University 30/07/1997 19 182/90
Shintaro Yokose Ryutsu Keizai University 18/03/1998 18 166/70


Head Coach: Koichi Umeda (JRFU).
S&C Coach: Daisuke Sato (Tokoha University).
Team Doctor: Kiyokazu Gotanda (Kurume University).
Physiotherapist: Masahiro Furudate (Reniart Sports Conditioning Support).
Analyst: Shota Nakajima (JRFU).

Women’s Pools

Pool C Pool D
Japan China
Hong Kong Thailand
Singapore Guam
Uzbekistan Sri Lanka

Pool C Games for Japan

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Game 1 (11:44): Japan v Singapore
Game 2 (14:40): Japan v Uzbekistan
Game 3 (17:36): Japan v Hong Kong